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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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Net Property Taxes Statewide Slated to Rise Less Than 1%, WISTAX Estimates

Projected 0.7% Increase Tops Last Year (0.2%) but Trails 2009-11

December 18, 2012

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MADISON— With 2012-13 property tax bills arriving across Wisconsin, net levies statewide should, on average, rise less than 1%, according to a preliminary estimate from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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Todd A. Berry or Katherine Lindsay
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From Casinos to Taxation, Understanding Tribal Sovereignty

Examining the State-Tribal Relationship in Wisconsin

December 11, 2012

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MADISON—Why don’t tribes pay state taxes? Why are their members exempt from hunting regulations? And why can tribes own casinos? These questions illustrate general confusion over the rights of tribes and were the genesis of the latest report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Understanding the State-Tribal Relationship.” This unique report examines how tribal and state sovereignty impact the ability to regulate and tax. Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to policy research and citizen education.
 

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
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Wisconsin's Coming Choice: Grasshopper or Ant?

An article by Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (587 words)

November 15, 2012

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In Aesop's fable, a grasshopper enjoys a carefree summer, while an indefatigable ant stockpiles food for the cold months ahead.  When winter arrives, the famished grasshopper asks for help, only to be rebuked by the ant for his past indolence.

The lesson is timeless: Early and persistent saving is the best way to prepare for an uncertain future. Yet it is a lesson Wisconsin's elected officials have failed to grasp after multiple recessions over 30 years. The result? Unnecessary tax hikes and divisive program cuts.

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Todd A. Berry or Dale Knapp
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

School Districts Benefit Costs $366 Million Lower in 2012

WISTAX Offers First Look At Impacts of Act 10 and State Budget on School Finances

November 12, 2012

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Wisconsin school districts reduced benefit costs $366.3 million in 2012, with most of the savings coming from districts no longer paying the employee share of retirement. The reductions were in response to a $451.2 million cut in state-imposed revenue limits in the 2011-13 state budget, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The study, “After the Storm: School Funding in 2012,” offers the first in-depth look at school district budgets, revenue limits, benefit costs, and staffing following passage of controversial Act 10 and the 2011-13 state budget.

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Dale J. Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Reduced Revenue Limits Push School Spending Down 5.4% in 2011-12

WISTAX’s SchoolFacts12 Provides Comprehensive School Information

October 25, 2012

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MADISON—Wisconsin public schools budgeted to spend $10.28 billion in 2011-12, or 5.4% less than in 2010-11. Expenditures per student dropped 5.1%, from $12,660 to $12,012. The decline was due largely to a 5.5% reduction in state-imposed revenue limits enacted in the 2011-13 state budget. These and other important facts about Wisconsin’s public schools are detailed in SchoolFacts12, the annual reference guide from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). For every school district in the state, SchoolFacts provides a wide range of information on spending, revenue, enrollment, staffing, and test scores.

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